Queen of the track
by Marco Cillario Thu 25 February 2016, 10:15 am
The new Crossrail line, which will connect west London to the east, passing through Ealing, is to be named after Queen Elizabeth.
As the monarch visited an under-construction station at Bond Street on 23 February, Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that the Crossrail would be known as the Elizabeth line.
The line, which will arrive in Ealing in 2019, will stretch over 60 miles from Reading and Heathrow in the west across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, stopping at 40 stations and serving around 200 million people each year, according to Transport for London.
Across Ealing, five stations are being developed in time for the arrival of the line.
Work on Ealing Broadway station began in September 2015. The ticket hall is set to double in size, allowing for 17 standard ticket gates and one wider gate to be installed. Plans also include four new lifts, improved staircases, platform extensions, new toilet facilities and customer screens, station signage, help points and CCTV. It is expected to take two years.
A new station building in Southall is scheduled for delivery by late 2016.
Platforms one to four will be extended to allow for 10-car trains.
West Ealing station improvements will include the installation of a larger ticket hall on Manor Road, as well as the extension of platforms and improved passenger facilities, with work scheduled for completion by late 2017.
At Acton Main Line, a new station building will be delivered with a larger ticket hall and connecting footbridges to the south of the existing station building on Horn Lane. There will be step-free access between street level and all platforms via new footbridges with stairs and two lifts within the station. Platforms two to four will be extended to accommodate 10-car trains. Work on the delivery of a new station building is expected to start in mid-2016 and be completed by summer 2017.
Minor work to Hanwell station will include upgrades to the toilets, signage and information at the station. An agreement is also in place to deliver new lifts by 2019.